Angel, Saturday

No pictures today. Sorry, this is pretty much just grabbed directly from my status messages and comments on Facebook: Morning update: I got up once in the night to visit the bathroom and checked on Angel quietly – not visible and no mess, so I let her be. Jackie was up around 6 and went to the kitchen, and Angel started purring on sight so she stopped to spend a little time in Angel’s room with her. Still doesn’t want to be touched much, but she obviously wanted the company. No mess. When I got up at the regular time (just…

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Angel’s progress plus a photo-bomber

More detail than anyone really wants to know, but some cute pics. Poor Angel’s reaction to the meloxicam has been, to say the least, bad. It’s been almost 48 hours since her third and last dose. I’ll spare you the grim details, but, well… large and extremely fluffy cat with very bad diarrhea means a lot of laundry, a couple of emergency fur-clippings in areas she was unthrilled about, and dropping everything to come running when she uses the litter-box in order to clean it, her, and change her bedding. Cory was not very happy about being unable to reach…

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Angel’s lameness

Okay, so… Angel’s a big girl, although a fair bit of it is muscle (the rest involves heavy-duty food anxiety issues from an early history of abuse and not being a very naturally active cat). And she’s diabetic, but we’ve got that pretty nicely controlled. Last winter, we started her on glucosamine treats for stiffness in her hips, which worked beautifully. Then the company recently “improved” the formula, she stopped eating them, and there was a lapse with none. We finally found some (not great, but something) and got her on those in early March. Shortly after that, she stopped…

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Angel’s Blood Curve Day, conclusion

We did manage to get a fourth reading on Angel last night: just before her shot: 8.1 Just spoke to the vet. She’s absolutely thrilled with the numbers (different vet, very very nice) and says Angel is definitely going into remission! The caution is that going too fast could cause it to recur, and second time around, the chances of getting it into remission aren’t so great. So. She said if we can, do half a unit twice a day – that’s going to be tricky to measure! – and if not, do one unit once a day. In three…

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Angel’s Blood Curve Day

We’re certainly getting the hang of doing the tests. 1) Rub ear vigorously to get blood moving lots (and get Angel relaxed and happy) 2) Polysporin wif pain releef on underside of ear 3) Vaseline on upper surface of ear 4) Small strong LED flashlight to pinpoint vessels in ear 5) Prick, get blood drop 6) Apply pressure to spot, follow by polysporin on the upper surface (Angel has, btw, figured out that as of this step she can stop being grouchy because there won’t be any more pricks and there will be….) 7) Give Angel waiting dish of fishie…

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Awesome Angel news!

To jump to the end bit first: Angel’s now on half the dose of insulin she started on three weeks ago!!! (also, is a video in this one!) So, my poor vet had a crazy-busy Monday, left early on Tuesday because she was sick, and called me today on her way out the door to go home again still sick. We skipped Angel’s injection last night because we weren’t sure what was going on and figured that was safer. Weird little bit: I had trouble sleeping last night, anxiety was high, in part over Angel, and she was in my…

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Overdue Angel update

I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to write this… actually, yes I can, I’ve been feeling horrible thanks to an experiment with a new (to me) antidepressant and it’s been all side effects, no help. So. We did Angel’s second BSL (blood sugar level) reading on the 25th. Normal is 8, pre-treatment was above 24, 4th day of treatment  it was 15.4, one week later it was 11.1. Her appetite is great, her energy levels are back to normal (never all that high). We were due to get a curve, which is four readings, four hours apart, on…

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Angel Ups and Downs

Yesterday (Sunday) we checked Angel’s blood sugar for the first time. (She has her own, kitty calico-brayted glucometer – it’s purple. ) Normal for a cat is 8. Angel’s, on her blood work a week and a half ago and our lesson visit Wednesday, was between 24 and 25. Sunday, after three and a half days of insulin and all the Fancy Feast pate she can eat, was at 15.5. Yay! It’s working! We had visible evidence of this, too. While trying out the new mattress Saturday, she started doing playful little head-dives and, for a minute or two, played!…

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Angel and Diabetes

It’s been a busy… wow, three months! While doing well over the summer and off all anti-depressant meds, I accidentally founded the site Cheezland, which has been taking up quite a bit of my time since. Trick went to the vet for what I thought was a gum abrasion, which turned out to be no less than three dental neck lesions (cavities) in 3 quarters of his mouth, two of which had broken off – and while I was feeling terrible for not noticing that, we discovered he had a very severe bladder infection he’d probably had for some time,…

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Feline Diet

Just a caveat: make any changes to your cat’s diet slowly and gradually, and if your cat has any health issues, talk to your vet first. I’m not a veterinarian or a vet tech, I’m basing this on a one-year program as a vet assistant (one step down) and on a long history of research due to cats with special needs. I’m hoping this is helpful and to the best of my knowledge it’s accurate, but your mileage may vary. It should go without saying that diet is immensely important in making sure your cat stays healthy. Poor-quality diet can…

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